Building Bridges

Day 8: 6.30-7.30pm Word Bridges –  is a showcase of work by young refugee and migrant writers, created as part of the Royal Society of Literature’s 2019 RSL Literature Matters Awards, awarded to writer Rosemary Harris in partnership with English PEN and Salusbury World. After featuring to acclaim in the 2018 Ten Pieces Prom at the Royal Albert Hall as Brave New Voices, the teenage writers from Capital City Academy will premier new work written for this event. They will share the stage with Rosemary, and Tanaka Mhishi. Word Bridges celebrates creative writing as a bridge between boundaries, offering vital points of connection for young people making challenging journeys. Join us for an uplifting opportunity to support and applaud their work. Where: Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA Tickets £5 Presented by English Pen and Free Word

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A Festival of Festivals

Sunday 23 June 12-6pm: – Story Street & #Islington4Women ‘Speakers Corner’ at Cally Festival – Cally Festival is a huge one-day street party on the Caledonian Road with something for everyone! Enjoy the wonderful Thornhill Primary Pupil Poets,  John Hegley, Booster Cushion Theatre, pupils from St. Andrews (Barnsbury) CofE, Vittoria and Robert Blair Primary Schools and City of London Academy Highgate Secondary School at Story Street – with poet Paul Lyalls; performances from Key Changes artists; and poetry by B Project young women at a special #Islington4Women – Speakers Corner stall and the Bus Stop Dance Floor.

West Library will be opened from 1-5pm with activities for all ages 

What’s on: All day: We will have mindful colouring for all ages ‘Come and colour in the library. It helps you relax and focus using our mindfulness colouring pages’. 1pm – 3pm: Face painting. 2pm – 4pm: ‘Lego at the library’ – Imagine, Create, Learn, Enjoy – If you like Lego drop in and turn your ideas into reality!’ All ages welcome. Adults welcome with children. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.Where: Caledonian Road

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Weekend Word Garden

This weekend, why not visit the wonderful permanent WORD GARDEN at Kings Square Gardens, Lever St. EC1. Created by older residents at St. Luke’s Community Centre in 2018, working with All Change associate artists – Carl Stevenson and Francesca Beard, and Islington Council’s Parks Team – the garden features specially designed trellis work, a games table and benches customised with poetry, with a planting scheme inspired by stories and memories of the park and local area.

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Day 5: Women Walking and Talking

Friday 21 June, 6pm: #Islington4Women Women’s Walk – Join women of all ages for a special midsummer twilight promenade, from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, along the Cally to Bingfield Park. This special event will explore the contribution women have made to the borough throughout history, including inspiring stories from the Islington Museum team. We will reclaim the Cally, as women come together to walk, talk, think, discuss and make plans for making our roads safer for our children and young people.

Start: Arsenal Hub, 56 Benwell Road N7 7BA – finish Bingfield Park N1 0BH [around 8pm]

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Posy Simmonds – A Retrospective exhibition

25 May – 15 September:  Posy Simmonds’ sharp satire and progressive female characters have defined a career spanning 50 years. The exhibition features her early-career pastiches, iconic cartoon strips for The Guardian and children’s books such as Fred, which became an Oscar-nominated film. Tickets from £5 concession. Limited free group visits for older adults available 17 – 28 June 2019.  Email Where: House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH

ImageTamara Drew makes her first appearance in the revised graphic novel, 2007 © Posy Simmonds

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A Story of Child Refugees for Refugee Week

15 June – 16 July 2019:

The Basque Children – The Story of Child Refugees from the Spanish Civil War 

From the Huguenots in the 17th Century to Syrians in the present day, many groups and individuals have found safety in Islington. They have escaped danger, war and hardship, political and social persecution, and have been welcomed into the Islington community. To celebrate Refugee Week 2019, Islington Museum has partnered with the Marx Memorial Library, the Islington Refugee Forum and the Basque Children Association.

This exhibition remembers the 4000 child refugees from the Basque region, who found safety in Britain after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

A far-right military coup against the elected government in Spain led to a brutal conflict. With support from Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy the rebels targeted civilians. Thousands fled bombing raids on the cities of northern Spain. In 1937 the Republic asked the world to take refugee children. It will include work from the Refugee Committee of students from Hugh Myddleton school who formed in response to stories of the child refugee.

This exhibition is presented by Islington Museum in partnership with BCA’37UK (the Association for the Basque Children of the UK) and the Marx Memorial Library

Where: Islington Museum 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm, Wednesday and Sunday (and public holidays): Closed

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Day 2: Original Stories Original Voices

Tue 18 Jun  – a day of original stories and voices of all ages…

Finding a Safe Home – Under 5’s Storytelling 10.45 and 11.30am – Join Storyteller Dani for an imaginative, interactive adventure to discover the stories of the Basque Children escaping the Spanish Civil War. This event offers an engaging way into exploring stories of refugees with under 5s. Where: Islington Museum, 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB

6pm Coming out of the Black Country – Talk – Author Stanley Underhill, resident of Charterhouse in Islington gives an illustrated talk about his recent autobiography. A true and inspiring story of a man born in the 1920s into poverty, and his journey to find his true self. Where: Finsbury Library, 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB

6-9pm Key Change Community Open Mic – A friendly, inclusive open mic night in the heart of London’s Clerkenwell district. Enjoy a lively mix of musicians, singers, MC’s, comedians and storytellers! Where: St. Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central Street, EC1V 8AJ @keychangesmusic

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